What are refill shops?Zero Waste Shop Croxley Green

Refill shops offer a sustainable way to shop, through stocking products without the typical packaging and eco-led items for the home and personal use. With more consumers wanting to reduce their plastic intake and shop more locally, these shops are becoming popular particularly in Hertfordshire.

 

 

How does a refill shop work?

  1. Get your containers ready!
    To get the best out of a refill shop you should take your own containers or bags with you to fill up on what you need. Whether that be foods such as pasta, rice, cereal to loose tea or herbs. They also often offer things like washing detergent too so take a variety of containers to hold different types of products.
  2. Weigh your container on the scales available
    Without anything inside your container simply weigh it and keep a note of what that is so they can take that off the weight once the container is filled.
  3. Fill your containers to your hearts content
    It is a really fun experience filling your containers but can also be easy to get carried away. Keep in mind buying what you need and not buying more than you need in order to reduce food waste overall – you can always go back for more fresh produce once you’re ready for it.
  4. The weigh in
    The staff will help you weigh the products and will take off the container weight you found out earlier. So you simply pay the difference for the weight of the product you are buying. Each product has it’s own price done by weight.

Of course the staff are there to help you all the way. So if it’s your first time visiting a refill store or you simply need help, they are always there to assist. Once you get used to this new way of shopping there will be no looking back!

What type of containers can I take with me?

Literally anything you have around your home that is clean and can close to hold the items you buy! From bottles, any type of bag, cereal boxes, jars, tubaware, takeaway boxes, bottles or even baking tins. Don’t feel bad about taking plastic containers in with you (even though they are plastic free stores), it’s better for the environment that any plastic you do have in the home gets reused, so this is a perfect use for any jars or boxes to avoid them going into our landfills.

What if I have an impromptu buy and don’t have a spare container or bag?

Don’t worry – these refill shops get a lot of these scenarios. They often have spare bottles available to purchase and then you can use these containers next time for your refills. Also they tend to have decomposable brown bags available that are handy for a range of products.

Are kids allowed in refill shops?

Of course! In fact it’s something we want to encourage more of as our future generations. We need to encourage this plastic free way of shopping so is not only educational but fun for your little ones to be involved in too!

What about  Home Deliveries?

Some Suppliers do Mail Order and Home deliveries so check out the links below for more information.

Hertfordshire Refill Stores and Suppliers

(Please let us know if  there are other Refill Stores to add or if any of the below information is out of date)

Sugar & Scoop Ware Click Here

The Refill Pantry St Albans Click Here

The Refill Pantry Berkhamsted Click Here

Replenish/Refill Store Hertford Click Here

Bamboo Turtle Letchworth Click Here

Heart to Earth Royston Click Here

RefillABell Watford Click Here

The Wholesome Weigh Hitchin Click Here

Replenish and Reuse Buntingford Click Here

Natural Health Hertford Click Here

The Green Stores Croxley Green Nr. Rickmansworth Click Here

B. Green Store Birch Green Hertford Click Here

Unpackd Hitchin Click Here

Eat17 Bishops Stortford Click Here

Eat Wholefoods St Albans Click Here

The Eco Hub Hemel Hempstead Click Here

Across the borders

The Store Bedford Click Here

The Good Life Refill Leighton Buzzard Click Here

Refill@The Grange Grange Park London Click Here

The Refill Project Chesham Click Here

Fillable Aylesbury Click Here

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